Earlier this week, we reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were struggling to deal with drone intrusions from the paparazzi as they continue to quarantine at the $18 million mansion of Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry. Now, it’s been revealed that Harry and Meghan have hired their own expensive security team to help them deal with this issue.
A friend of the couple told the Daily Beast that they have been dealing with “unimaginable” levels of press intrusion at the Beverly Hills mansion, and that they will be paying for the security out of their own pockets.
“They are not asking for any special treatment, and have not received any,” the friend said.
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The source went on to say that the drone situation has gotten particularly bad over the past few weeks.
“They see these drones coming in at them, and they guess that they are being operated by photographers, but they can’t just assume that. Meghan received racist death threats at the time of her wedding, so the terror threat is very real for them,” the friend said. “But, aside from that, imagine if you were in their shoes facing that, how that would feel? To have drones buzzing around 20 feet above your head when you are trying to play with your son?”
“It’s like people forget they are real people. But this is a real family,” the source continued. “They are not asking for any special treatment; they are just asking for the safety and security we all expect in our own homes to be respected.”
A spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed that they were called about the drones at 11:12 am on May 20, with the incident report saying, Unknown suspects were flying a drone in the area and they were last seen on Coldwater Canyon.” Another report for the Memorial Day attack said that “a drone was flying over residences” and that it is “an ongoing drone issue.”
Harry and Meghan are also reportedly getting concerned about paparazzi in cars.
“They were out driving in the last month in Los Angeles and were noticed by paparazzi,” the friend said. “They were then tailed, followed and chased by two cars, which were being driven very erratically. When they parked up, one of the cars following them, which had been in an outer lane, cut across two lanes of traffic to park themselves. The photographer’s car was five meters away from causing a T-bone crash. It was incredibly dangerous, shocking and scary. They were rattled, but they handled it the best way they could.”
“But the reality is people are following and tailing them every day,” the insider continued. “They are trying not to let the aggressiveness get to them. Protecting their family is their top concern.”
This has to be particularly difficult for Harry given the fact that his mother Princess Diana was killed in a car crash while being chased by paparazzi back in 1997.
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